Advocate

Public Policy Agenda

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s public policy agenda reflects the work of United Ways across the state in the areas of education, income and health. Additionally, United Way advocates for sound policies affecting the non-profit sector’s capacity to advance the common good. United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, along with our sister office United Way of Illinois has established engagement strategies within each of the following four areas:

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UNITED WAY STATEMENT ON ILLINOIS STATE BUDGET

As the largest private funder of human services in the region, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago understands that quality delivery of human services is critical to both serving our most vulnerable citizens, and to improving the economic future of our state.

We recognize that the state is under significant fiscal pressure that it must resolve for the greater good of Illinois, and budget cuts will be required to do this.

We are concerned about the impact of cuts to human services on Illinois children and families. We realize government cannot fulfill our human infrastructure needs alone. We believe that sustaining human services in our state will require a collaborative effort among government, civic and private sectors and that we must act on this together now.

We look forward to working with the administration to help determine new service delivery approaches, to create and incentivize efficiencies, and to provide quality, cost-effective social services to the citizens of Illinois amidst considerable fiscal challenges.